11:46 am - Veteran’s Day My first sea-going command was the USS LaSalle [AGF-3], was also known as the "Galloping Ghost of the Arabian coast." At the time, she was the only ship in the Navy painted white and the only ship in the Navy without a home port. "AGF" was the designation for a "miscellaneous command ship"; but all of us who served aboard her knew damn well that it stood for "Always Getting F*****d."
My second sea-going command was the USS Fox [CG-33]. Originally designated as a Belknap class guided missile destroyer [DDG-33], she was later re-classified as a guided missile cruiser. Though she didn't take me to as many places [or adventures!] as the LaSalle, she more than made up for it by bringing me here to Bremerton and the Great Pacific Northwest, for which I am eternally grateful.
USS Fox [CG33] chases down a Washington State Ferry while returning to Bremerton from sea trials.
Receiving my first medal
Current Mood: Proud Current Music: "Anchors Aweigh" [Of course]